By Staff and wire reports
5:29 p.m. – From The Associated Press – Adam Mayes’ mother-in-law told The Associated Press he thought he might be the girls’ father and it caused trouble in the marriage to her daughter, who’s jailed in the case.
“She was tired of him doting on those two little girls that he claimed were his,” Josie Tate said in an exclusive phone interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday. In an earlier interview, Tate’s daughter Bobbi Booth said Teresa Mayes suspected her husband was having an affair with Jo Ann Bain.
Authorities refused to comment on the motive for the April 27 slayings and abductions at a Wednesday news conference.
4:18 p.m. – A man named Richard Norman who lives in Union County near the home Adam Mayes was living in was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals according to a neighbor. No information available on the charges. No official confirmation of this at this time. More as it is available.
2:42 p.m. – FBI press conference today in Guntown …
Update from press conference from Carlie Kollath @carlie_kollath:
Highlights from 2 p.m. press conference in Guntown:
FBI press conference: Haven’t completed autopsies yet. Don’t know cause of death for Bain mom, daughter.
Reward is now $175K for info leading to arrest of Adam Mayes.
FBI: We believe Adam Mayes could be anywhere in the United States.
Hardeman Cty district attorney: We continue to work with state & fed authorities to bring home girls safely.
Tenn. Bureau of Investigations director: It’s up to public to help us bring these children back home.
FBI: #1 priority is to find Bain girls alive. Must be cautious not to release info that could put them in jeopardy.
FBI: Our focus continues on Union Cty but Mayes has ties to Texas & other states. Could be heading anywhere.
Union Cty sheriff: We’re still answering calls in Union Cty. County is protected & safe. I know people are afraid.
FBI: We have not exhausted every lead yet.
FBI: We have no information as to motive yet, but we’re following every lead.
FBI press conference: Can not confirm or discuss cause of death.
FBI press conference: We can not discuss any info about #Mayes last cell communications.
FBI: Of course we’re going to continue search here. We’re using every resource we have to actively search.
FBI: Message to girls: We are spending day & night to bring you home. Mayes: Urge you to turn girls in to safe location. Turn yourself in.
UPDATE 11:30 a.m.: From The Associated Press –
GUNTOWN, Miss. (AP) — Murder charges were filed Wednesday against the fugitive suspected of killing a Tennessee woman and her teenage daughter and fleeing with her two younger girls.
Two first-degree murder counts against 35-year-old Adam Mayes, who has been sought for more than a week, were announced Wednesday. His wife, Teresa Mayes, also was charged.
An affidavit filed in Bolivar, Tenn., says Teresa Mayes of Guntown, Miss., told authorities she was there April 27 when Adam Mayes, killed Jo Ann Bain and her 14-year-old daughter, Adrienne, in a garage at their Whiteville, Tenn., home.
Teresa Mayes told officials the motive was to kidnap Bain’s two younger daughters, 12-year-old Alexandria and 8-year-old Kyliyah.
A call seeking comment from Teresa Mayes’ attorney wasn’t immediately returned.
The wife was charged a day earlier with especially aggravated kidnapping. She said she drove her husband, the girls and the two bodies from southwest Tennessee to Guntown and saw him dig a hole in the yard.
The bodies of Jo Ann and Alexandria Bain were found buried at that property a week later.
An intense manhunt continues for Adam Mayes and the two girls.
UPDATE 11 a.m.: FBI holding a press conference at 2 p.m. to update public on Adam Mayes case. FBI will be adding Mayes to the Top 10 Most Wanted list.
Search continues for kidnap-slaying suspect
By Adrain Sainz and Travis Loller/The Associated Press
GUNTOWN — Heavily-armed FBI agents and authorities from Mississippi and Tennessee resumed searching woods and back roads Wednesday for what they said was a dangerous man suspected of killing a Tennessee woman and her teenage daughter and fleeing with her two younger girls.
Authorities released a surveillance video that was being aired by news media outlets early Wednesday that showed Adam Mayes, 35, at a convenience store in Union County, Miss., about three days after the alleged kidnapping. In the video, Mayes appeared calm when he approached the counter and had a fresh haircut.
Meanwhile, a community continued to mourn the slain mother and daughter and the loss of the girls.
A day earlier, authorities canvassed roads and searched tree lines near the home where Mayes lived in Union County, Miss. Authorities have been tight-lipped about the details of the search, hoping to avoid releasing information that puts the girls’ lives in jeopardy.
The FBI said Tuesday that authorities were hopeful the two young girls — Alexandra Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8 — were still alive, but declined to say why. Investigators believed the two youngest daughters were still with Mayes, FBI spokesman Joel Siskovic said.
Authorities have said Mayes was a family friend who was staying with the Bains on April 27, the day the mother and children disappeared. Before he fled, he admitted to authorities that he was the last person to see Jo Ann Bain and her daughters before the disappearance, according to an affidavit filed with the court.
The bodies of Jo Ann Bain, 31, and Adrienne Bain, 14, were found last week behind the mobile home in northern Mississippi where Mayes lived. The affidavit provides the first clue that the victims may have been killed soon after they were abducted. It said his wife and mother saw him digging a hole in the yard on April 27 or soon after.
On Tuesday, those women were charged in connection with the abduction.
Teresa Mayes, 30, was charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and Mary Mayes, 65, was charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping.
An attorney for Teresa Mayes, whose bond was set at $500,000, declined to comment Tuesday afternoon. Calls to the attorney assigned to Mary Mayes were not immediately returned. Her bond was set at $300,000.
An affidavit filed in court does not hint at a possible motive for their involvement.
Teresa Mayes told investigators she drove Jo Ann Bain and her daughters from Hardeman County, where they lived, to Union County, Miss., where Adam and Teresa Mayes lived with his parents, according to the affidavit.
Hundreds of adults, teens and children came from throughout west and central Tennessee and north Mississippi for a prayer vigil Tuesday evening at Bolivar Dixie Youth Park, where the two oldest Bain girls played softball.
Mourners sang songs and bowed their heads in prayer as they held red, yellow, orange and purple balloons during the ceremony. Some wept during the vigil and sniffles punctuated the quiet night during a moment of silence for Jo Ann Bain and her three daughters.
Many of the mourners said the kidnappings have shaken their small-town, tight-knit communities, from Corinth, Miss., to Whiteville, Tenn.
Stephanie Bodiford, of Middleton, Tenn., said her son was in the same class at Central High School in Bolivar as Adrienne Bain, who along with her mother was found dead in a home where suspect Adam Mayes lived in Guntown, Miss.
Bodiford said her children have been distraught in the days since the disappearance of Bain and her daughters.
“We live in such a sheltered community,” Bodiford said. “They just don’t understand. They don’t understand bad.”
Megan Ervin said she played with Adrienne Bain on the same softball team last year. She described Adrienne as a good player who enjoyed softball.
“She was real nice but she was real shy,” Ervin said.
Ervin, 16, said she and her friends have been shaken by the kidnapping and deaths.
She also said Mayes spent time at the park. He would often come see the Bain girls play, she said. Megan Ervin’s mother Pam said she also saw Mayes hanging out at the park.
“It’s just shocking. It could have been any of us, really, because he was always here and everybody saw him,” Megan said. “He was around all these kids all the time.”
She recoiled, saying, “No,” when asked if she had ever spoken with Mayes.
“When I first saw him, I kind of had a bad vibe about him, so I just kind of stayed away,” Ervin said. “But then I saw him here all the time and I figured he’s no threat to us because he’s always here. Obviously, that wasn’t true.”
Loller reported from Nashville, Tenn. Associated Press writers Lucas Johnson II in Nashville, Tenn.; and Holbrook Mohr in Jackson, Miss.; contributed to this report.